Groklaw Editor Joins Open Source Risk Management as Director of Research

    NEW YORK, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Open Source Risk Management, LLC (OSRM)
 announced today that Pamela Jones has agreed to become the company's Director
 of Litigation Risk Research.  Pamela Jones is known to millions of online
 readers as "PJ," the editor and moderator of Groklaw.net.  Since its launch on
 May 17, 2003 Groklaw.net has attracted widespread critical admiration for its
 careful, exhaustive and timely reporting on present and threatened litigation
 against the Linux kernel and other Free and Open Source Software.  Groklaw was
 awarded the O'Reilly's OSDir.com Editor's Choice Award in Open Source as Best
 News Site of 2003.
     OSRM, the leading provider of risk management for corporate users of Free
 and Open Source Software, announced Jones' appointment as part of its Open
 Source Insurance Initiative.  "We are developing an important new insurance
 product.  We believe that fostering a collaborative, community-based model for
 identification and mitigation of relevant litigation risks provides a novel
 advantage that will enable OSRM to offer our comprehensive defense insurance
 for Free and Open Source Software at the lowest possible cost," said Daniel
 Egger, founder and Chairman of OSRM.  "We are delighted to join forces with PJ
 in this enterprise.  Together, we can harness the same kind of forces that
 made Free and Open Source Software so valuable to protect the shared code-base
 against future risks," said Egger.
     Pamela Jones will continue to manage the non-commercial Groklaw.net web
 site, which is editorially independent from her research work for OSRM.
 "Groklaw is my own and has always been separate from my other professional
 work.  But there is obviously a synergy between what I'll be doing for OSRM
 and what Groklaw does.  The community has a stake in protecting its software
 from future legal attack, and I hope we can contribute meaningfully by means
 of this project.  I hope our research will result in building a bulwark of
 legal protection for GNU/Linux software.  I am excited to join forces with
 OSRM, because I believe in their vision.  I see a need for low-cost vendor-
 neutral protection that will at the same time make it possible to allow
 continued free modification of the code.  No one else has successfully done
 so.  I believe OSRM has come up with the right answer."
 
     About Open Source Risk Management & The Open Source Software Market
     Founded in 2003, Open Source Risk Management provides sophisticated code-
 scanning and copyright-infringement detection technologies, risk-assessment
 and risk-mitigation consulting, best practices training and certification, and
 comprehensive vendor-neutral indemnification and custom insurance solutions
 for Global 1000 companies.
     The Open Source Software market includes open and proprietary applications
 that run on the GNU/Linux operating system, the fastest growing operating
 system in history, as well as subsets of the Linux kernel for embedded devices
 and other specialized applications.  Any company that is currently evaluating
 acquisition of, or is already dependent upon, Free and Open Source Software in
 the enterprise, could benefit from OSRM services in reducing total cost of
 ownership and managing risk exposure incident to this still-unfolding
 development model.  In addition, companies contemplating M&A transactions, or
 in the process of releasing a product containing traditional commercial
 software, will want to ensure that their relevant proprietary code-base has
 not inadvertently become "infected" by unauthorized use of Free and Open
 Source Software.
     For more information about OSRM and its offerings, please go
 to www.osriskmanagement.com, or contact Sandi Shorter at (212) 659-7773,
 sshorter@osriskmanagement.com.
 
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